Sparklebox Teaching Resources
In January 2010, the owner of Sparklebox, Samuel Kinge (previously known as Daniel Kinge), was sent to prison for the second time for making and possessing indecent images of children. After his first conviction he was banned from teaching, put on the sex offenders' register and banned from using the internet, but he appealed and the internet ban was lifted to enable him to make a living. Further details can be found here.
Kinge set up the Sparklebox website which provided superb free classroom resources for teachers. Now that he has been convicted again, many local authorities in the UK have blocked Sparklebox so that it can no longer be accessed in their schools.Many teachers have started to take down the Sparklebox resources in their classrooms. As the site is supported by advertisements, Kinge will be earning money from Sparklebox even while he serves his prison sentence.
I have left the rest of this hub as it was originally, although I've removed the link to www.sparklebox.co.uk. I used to love Sparklebox resources, but now I am not sure whether I want to have anything to do with them. What do you think? Take a vote in my poll and you can leave a comment at the bottom of the page if you like.
Your views on Sparklebox
Would you use Sparklebox resources now that you know about the owner's offences?
Video report on Sparklebox owner Samuel Kinge
Make your classroom sparkle with Sparklebox
I came across the Sparklebox site when I was looking for some teaching resources to help children learning to read. It's saved me lots of time and effort that I normally put into making my own teaching materials. All of the resources are totally free and can be downloaded immediately.
I think what really makes Sparklebox stand out among other teaching resources sites is the extremely high quality of the printable materials. Most of them come as PDF documents which makes them very easy to resize and print out. This contrasts with many of the other sites which only offer web pages which can be very difficult to print properly.
Although aimed at UK parents and teachers there are materials there which will be suitable for all Englsih-speaking countries. The topics include literacy (phonics and sight words), numeracy and lots of general interest themes, aimed at children under the age of 7.
They are high quality teaching resources for classroom teachers, parents and homeschoolers. I love the great ideas for creating an exciting and stimulating classroom environment by making colorful wall displays - check out the photo gallery to see what real teachers have done - they're truly inspirational.
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